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Local teams advance to state academic tournament

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

A handful of Sauk Valley schools will be competing in next month’s Masonic Academic Bowl State Tournament, after winning berths at their sectionals Saturday.

Newman Central Catholic, Morrison, West Carroll and Milledgeville high schools placed first through fourth, respectively, in their sectional, held at Morrison High School.

A sectional also was held at Riverdale High School in Port Byron. Riverdale, Bureau Valley, Amboy and Prophetstown high schools placed first through fourth, respectively, in their tournament.

Oregon High School took second place in its sectional, held at Byron High.

Sectionals were held Saturday at 30 sites around the state, and 296 schools participated. Winners advance to the Masonic state tournament, which will be held March 1 at Springfield High School.

The other high schools competing Saturday in Morrison were Ashton-Franklin Center, Eastland, Forreston and Polo. The Morrison Masonic Lodge sponsored the tournament.

Morrison went to the Mason’s state tournament last year; Newman has not been since 2003, “so we are really excited to have the opportunity this year to compete against some of the best scholastic bowl teams in the state,” Newman coach Ann Propheter said in an email.

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Visit www.masonicbowl.org for all the results and more information.

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